posted on Jan, 9 2009 @ 04:57 PM
What do you think America is?
How would define what America is? Is it the freedoms that we enjoy that other countries don't. Is it your freedom to speak your mind, worship the God
you want, the freedom of the press to bring you the news of your country with out the pressure of the government telling them what to tell you. Is it
your right to bare arms. Your right to personal protection of self and property. Is it the right to protect you against illegal search and seizure.
The right to be innocent before being proven guilty. The right not to make your self guilty and to be tried in an open court by a jury of your peers,
also the right to face your accuser. It is also reassuring to know that the punishment shall fit the crime and the is no cruel and unusual punishment.
These are the rights prescribed by the Bill of Rights. Probably one of the most nation-shaping document next to the Constitution.
But what else makes America, America? Is it the you can go from being a low level income family to being college professor. That opportunity is out
there for you to just wake up and grab. Look at what some people where able to do with the opportunity that was given to them.
There was Dave Thomas. He was born to adopted parents in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He never met his real parents. He worked in the restaurant
business from the age of 12. He then went into the Army where he went to cooks and bakers school. Upon discharge he was given the opportunity to turn
around a failing KFC. He did and caught the attention of Col. Sanders. With him, Thomas revamped the menu and help the revolutionized the fast food
From there he went and founded Wendy's in Columbus, Ohio. It is now the third largest chain in the world be hind McDonald's and Burger King with
6,700 locations. All this from a high school dropout. Dave Thomas died Jan. 8, 2002.
Another master of opportunity is that of Bill Gates. I think we all know his story from Harvard drop out to founder of the most used operating system
for computers on the planet. He revolutionized the operating system process and sold it to the masses. He also introduce the notion of licensing
software to make money for software writers.
There are millions of others who have come from all other walks of lives to make themselves more than what they were. But is that all that makes
Is what makes America, America, is that we get to vote for our leaders. They are not permanently imposed on us, or under the guise of a dictatorship
or socialist/communistic rule. We have open, public elections, in which now those who meet the minimum standards of being 18 years old, a registered
citizen and not committed a felony and still under probation of see your parole officer. Though it wasn't ways like this. It was first just land
owner who were white and over 21. It wasn't till we had the Civil War that blacks were allowed to vote. Then came the direct voting for Senators in
1913. Women didn't obtain the right to vote until 1920. Finally the age was lowered to 18 in 1971. As you can see, our voting history may not have
been the fairest to the people in sense that some were excluded for so long, but the process, the electoral college is maybe the fairest and most
argued process out there.
What the Electoral College is, is an indirect election. In elections, the college has pledge to place the electorates that state has for the popular
choice in the general election. They don't have too. The Electoral College can vote for whom ever they want, but as stated, the pledge to vote the
way of the people. There are many argument for and against the college, that we should use a direct popular vote. That it give too much clout to swing
states. Those for the college state that it is the only fair way to do it because it give equal weight based on the population of a state. Without the
college, most elections could be won with just campaigning in California, New York, Texas, Illinois, and Florida. There are many more arguments for
and against, and we have all been over them and that is the great thing about America, is that we can question out leaders. If we don't like what
they are doing we can elect someone else next time, and if they are doing are really horrendous job we can call for impeachment of for recall.
America is also a place where ideas can flow like a river in our free public school system and our colleges and universities. People from all over the
world come here to learn. A great many of us take out educations here for granted and don't appreciate what we have here. Places of higher learning
were we can go and advance ourselves. We have the best schools for engineering, law, medicine, computer science, and so on and so forth. Most of our
schools are even state funded and there are grants, loans and scholarship of all kind available out there. We just have to have the will and the want
to go look for them. If we only put forth the effort that foreigners do when they are in our education system then we wouldn't need a “No Child
Left Behind” programs.
Let us not forget that America has its own dark chapters. The biggest and perhaps still prevailing is the civil rights issue. Though great strides
this past year, as a black man has risen to the highest office in all the land. Still there is a great divide in this country. Then there is the
treatment of the original Americans. We have persecuted, hunted, cheated and abused the rights of the Native American. No sin is greater than that.
There has been many growing pains in America and not all of them have ended well. We have fought and scraped and even try to kill our selves from the
inside-out with the Civil War. Perhaps we shall all have a time to fight in this country, let us hope it is not with each other again.